Just last week the FCC released a report on broadband deployment. The report’s press release leads with this statement : “The latest broadband progress report to congress from the federal communications commission reveals that approximately 26 million Americans, mostly in rural communities located in every region of the country, are denied access to the jobs and economic opportunity made possible by broadband.” The report goes on to claim that While the infrastructure of high-speed Internet is unavailable to those Americans, the FCC report also finds that approximately one-third of Americans do not subscribe to broadband, even when it’s available. This suggests that barriers to adoption – such as cost, low digital literacy, and concerns about privacy – remain too high. The Report also notes limited broadband capacity for schools and libraries as a further indicator that broadband is not being reasonably and timely deployed and is not available to all Americans.” And also that, “notwithstanding the substantial benefits of broadband, approximately one-third of Americans do not subscribe to any form of high-speed Internet access service, citing barriers such as lack of affordability, lack of digital literacy, and a perception that the Internet is not relevant or useful to them.” While this report may be a characterization of the nation in general, it is not representative of Utah specifically.
Utah ranks #1 in the nation for home broadband adoption with 73% of Utahans using broadband Internet at home. This is according to the same 2010 Census statistics the FCC uses to draw their conclusions regarding national broadband adoption.
Increasingly, broadband Internet service is viewed as a critical component of a nation or state’s physical infrastructure and a key driver of economic growth in the world’s most economically developed counties. Ensuring that the infrastructure necessary to provide broadband service is universally available and that all citizens who wish to subscribe are able to do so are policy goals of many governments. Universal availability is, for example, a policy goal set forth in the National Broadband Plan, issued in March 2010 in response to a congressional mandate.
Utah Broadband Project GOED board Mtg 5.26.11
Governor’s Office of Economic Development Board Meeting May 26, 2011
Utah ranks #1 in the nation for home broadband adoption -“Exploring the Digital Nation: Home Broadband Internet Adoption in the United States” U.S. Department of Commerce, November 2010.
Governor’s Economic Development Plan Objectives <ul><li>Strengthen and grow existing Utah businesses, both urban and rural. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>**Increase business opportunities in rural Utah by identifying unserved and underserved high-speed Internet service areas and by developing a plan to extend broadband service statewide.** </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Increase innovation, entrepreneurship and investment. </li></ul><ul><li>Increase national and International business. </li></ul><ul><li>Prioritize education to develop the workforce of the future. </li></ul>
The Utah Broadband Project <ul><li>Purpose </li></ul><ul><li>To develop a statewide map of available broadband services and a plan to increase broadband adoption and deployment in the state. </li></ul>
First Year Accomplishments <ul><li>Created and Released Utah Broadband Project Website : broadband.utah.gov . </li></ul><ul><li>Successfully produced the first-ever broadband map for the State of Utah. </li></ul><ul><li>Secured funding for additional projects and extension of the program from two to five years. </li></ul><ul><li>Held the Broadband Provider Roundtable , the first attempt in Utah to tackle broadband issues at the State-level by convening stakeholders and decision-makers. </li></ul><ul><li>Interfaced with other states ’ broadband projects to learn best practices and hear about innovate programs. </li></ul><ul><li>Received favorable press coverage and an E-Gov website award . </li></ul>
Second Year Goals <ul><li>Have a data review session with every broadband provider serving Utah. </li></ul><ul><li>Hit the road! Make local facilities visits to get updates from providers, meet with community leaders and learn more about Utah’s needs for deployment and adoption. </li></ul><ul><li>Release broadband demand study results and summary. </li></ul><ul><li>Create and convene the Utah Broadband Advisory Council , whose role will be to identify barriers to deployment and adoption, create regional coordination, and make recommendations for the State Broadband Plan. </li></ul><ul><li>Continue to interface with efforts in-state, out-of-state and nationally to promote broadband deployment and use. </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporate state and federal speed test data into the Utah Broadband Map. </li></ul>
Utah’s Populated Areas <ul><li>What? </li></ul><ul><li>Map layer showing where concentrations of people live. Populated areas cover ~7% of the state of Utah </li></ul><ul><li>How? </li></ul><ul><li>Manually trimming of 2010 Census Blocks layer </li></ul><ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><li>Target for high speed wireline-based broadband. </li></ul>
Community Anchor Institutions <ul><li>Facilities such as schools, hospitals or government buildings require high capacity connections </li></ul><ul><li>Broadband connections to these types of institutions serve as the springboard to residential and business access to broadband services </li></ul><ul><li>In rural Utah, schools are our most common anchor tenants </li></ul>
Utah Education Network UEN is a robust broadband educational network connecting more than a thousand Utah public schools and districts, charter schools, colleges, universities and libraries. UEN works with local telecom providers as an anchor tenant to fulfill its mission. UEN enters into long-term Wide-Area- Network (WAN) contracts which spur economic development and growth of technology and new services . UEN’s public/private partnership model helps to provide employment for Utah’s workers and expand sustainable broadband infrastructure into communities for local homes and businesses.
Rural Utah Providers <ul><li>Work closely with the Utah Education Network and UDOT to provide services to anchor tenants and surrounding homes/businesses </li></ul><ul><li>These rural companies are providing services at competitive prices and at the fastest speeds available </li></ul>
Businesses Demand High-Capacity Broadband…and Utah Can Deliver <ul><li>SLC is the western regional optical fiber nexus </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter, Oracle, Overstock, NSA… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strategic location for national connectivity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Growing concentration of corporate & public data centers locally </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low industrial power rates </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Application drivers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>HD Video Conferencing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Telemedicine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cloud computing </li></ul></ul>5 distinct major destinations At least 8 distinct fiber paths